Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Mariners – 06/30/13

Game Eighty: Cubs (34-45) vs. Mariners (35-46)

  • Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 182/844
  • Location – Safeco Field, Seattle

Edwin Jackson (3-10, 5.84/1.56) vs. Jeremy Bonderman (1-1, 3.30/1.23)

The Cubs wrap-up their three-game series this afternoon in Seattle behind Edwin Jackson in search of their third straight series win. The Cubs and Mariners played free baseball in the first two games in large part to the Cubs’ bullpen. With Blake Parker likely unavailable for today’s game, Dale Sveum will have a short-pen and will need a long, effective outing from Edwin Jackson.

The Cubs have played good ball against the Junior Circuit this season and are 9-4 in Interleague play this year.

Alfonso Soriano is expected to be the Cubs’ DH for the third game in a row. Soriano has thrived in the designated hitter’s role in three opportunities this season. Soriano is 5-for-9 with two home runs, two doubles and four RBI over the last two games and 7-for-13 with two home runs, two doubles and three RBI in three games as the Cubs’ DH. For his career, Soriano is 36-for-87 (.386) with nine home runs, 24 RBI and a 1.184 OPS in 25 games as a designated hitter.

The Cubs must make Jeremy Bonderman work this afternoon. The Cubs have been very aggressive at the plate over the first two games and have only one walk to prove it. Bonderman will give them opportunities for free baserunners if they are willing to take it.

Ryan Sweeney’s status for today’s game is unknown after he left Saturday night’s game with bruised ribs. Ryan Sweeney is listed as day-to-day and could receive today off to give him two days to rest before Tuesday’s opener in Oakland.

With Starlin Castro and Alfonso Soriano going deep on Saturday, the Cubs’ offense has hit at least one home run in each of the last nine games.

The Cubs are 11-15 in June and the last game of the month all starts with Edwin Jackson

After putting together back-to-back solid starts against the Pirates and Mets, Edwin Jackson has lost each of his last two games while looking much like the unconfident pitcher that took the hill during the first two-plus months of the season. Jackson pitched with confidence against a very good Pirates team at Wrigley then followed up his best outing of the season with another better than quality start in New York. Jackson seemed to find a rhythm early and avoided the one bad inning while commanding his fastball and slider.

Edwin Jackson has really struggled over his last two starts and was not able to complete five innings in Milwaukee. What has been described as a weak Brewers’ line-up scored six runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings while Jackson walked two and struck out only one batter for the second consecutive outing. Prior to his last two starts, Jackson had not recorded only one strikeout in back-to-back outings since June 13 and June 18, 2007. Before his game against the Pirates, Chris Bosio said that he thought Jackson’s struggles this season were more mental than anything else. It appears the Cubs’ pitching coach is right on the money.

Edwin Jackson is 2-3 in his last five starts with a 5.34 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP and makes his fourth career start against the Mariners this afternoon.

Jackson is 3-0 in three career starts against Seattle with a 0.40 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. Jackson last faced the Mariners in 2009 and tossed 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball. Jackson is 2-0 in two starts at Safeco Field with a 0.61 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.

Mariners Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Jason Bay – 3-for-11 with a home run and two walks
  • Endy Chavez – 4-for-7 with two doubles
  • Raul Ibanez – 2-for-10 with a double and two walks
  • Kendrys Morales – 3-for-9 with a walk
  • Brendan Ryan – 0-for-5 with a walk

Jeremy Bonderman is back in the big leagues after missing all of the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Bonderman began the year in Triple-A after a solid spring and makes only his sixth start in the majors this afternoon. After a rough season debut on June 2, Bonderman has been lights out.

Bonderman limited the Yankees to one run on three hits in six innings on June 7 then tossed eight innings of shutout ball against the Astros his next time out. Bonderman held the Angels on one run on six hits in six innings two starts ago. Bonderman is coming off a no decision against Oakland in which he allowed just two runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

The Cubs must make Bonderman work, he will walk his fare share of batters and give the Cubs plenty of opportunities to score … it will be up to them to cash in.

Jeremy Bonderman makes his first career start against the Cubs this afternoon.

Cubs Career Numbers against Jeremy Bonderman

  • Julio Borbon – 1-for-6 with a walk
  • Scott Hairston – 3-for-4 with a double
  • Dioner Navarro – 0-for-2
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-10
  • Ryan Sweeney – 0-for-4 with a walk

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  • Tom U

    Tennessee Smokies notes:

    Although he may not be the type of player the front office wants, Rubi Silva may play an important role in the future if the Cubs, if just as a bargaining chip in a trade. Silva has hit.273 with a surprising 10 HR, 34 RBI and 8 SB. However, he has struck out 57 times against 8 walks. As always, his defense is superb.

    After getting his feet wet last night, look for John Andreoli to move in the the #2 spot between Matt Szczur and Arismendy Alcantara in the order. That would allow the Smokies to move Silva and Ronald Torreyes down and put more punch in the bottom of the batting order.

    It was a little surprising that Ty Wright was given the nod to go to Iowa over Szczur, but that may reverse itself soon.

    Unless Christian Villanueva and Rafael Lopez can pick it up in the second half, the organization may have to scramble and leave both back in Tennessee next year.

  • Neil

    Sweeney has fractured left rib. No baseball activity for 4-6 weeks. Will go to DL. Roster move Tuesday

    • Ripsnorter1

      It’s an epidemic among Cubs’ OF. Tough break for Sweeney.

    • calicub

      Ouch that hurts… Just when he was starting to put something together

    • RynoTiger

      hmm…who gets the call up? thoughts folks? if it’s an OFer, it would seem Sappelt is the only option.

      • calicub


      • Neil

        It should be Sappelt, especially with the big outfield in Oakland. They can make another change before the long homestand.

        Plus, Clevenger has not played since tweaking his oblique.

        • calicub

          Why did they activate him from the dl if he’s still hurt?

          • Neil

            His rehab assignment was technically over and they had to by rule. Clevenger is not in the starting lineup today. I have not checked to see if he has played or not

          • calicub

            I see that makes sense then… I’m just not a fan of Sappelt and I’ve been rooting for Clevenger for a while..

    • paulcatanese

      Terrible news, I can imagine the pressure that
      left handed hitting outfielders have with the Cubs. Don’t get hurt don’t have a slump, and make the most of the opportunity when it presents itself. Sweeney was on the way to a regular spot, and then this.
      The stockpile of left handed hitters is an advantage for the Cubs, but not an advantage for the players.
      But as Al Pacino had said it the Godfather 2, “it’s the smart move”.
      Don’t like it, but it is the smart move by Epstein,
      stockpile, and people will come in to replace without losing a beat.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Soriano needs to smack two homers today and increase his chance of getting traded to an AL club.

  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Valbuena 3B
    Castro SS
    Schierholtz RF
    Soriano LF
    Rizzo 1B
    Navarro DH
    Bogusevic CF
    Barney 2B
    Castillo C

    Jackson P

  • Neil

    From Carrie Muskat

    Bogusevic will play CF for now. Sveum says they may add another pitcher if necessary

  • Neil

    From the Trib:

    Sveum is fine with Bogusevic in center, says call-up won’t necessarily be position player. May depend on if Edwin Jackson can go 7 innings today.

  • Neil

    Good to see Rizzo deliver with a runner in scoring position

  • RynoTiger

    Nice to see Bonderman doing his best Edwin Jackson impersonination

  • Neil

    Jackson is struggling again … lots of hard hit balls. In a jam in the third

  • Neil

    Jackson did a good job of limiting the damage

  • calicub

    Orioles released jair jurgens. At 27 he could be a good minor league pick up for this club.

    • calicub

      Scratch that it was a DFA but still he could be decent out of the pen..

      • Bryan

        Jurgens had a bit of arm/shoulder problems a couple years back, and has never been the same since. He’s lost a good amount of velocity off his fastball, topping out in the high 80’s. Also, atleast during his latter days with the Braves he was not a good clubhouse guy…but that may have changed.

  • Neil

    Castro with another hit and RBI

  • Neil

    Soriano with another 2B and RBI … Soriano is 7-12 in the series

  • Neil

    Excellent plays by Valbuena and Rizzo to end the fourth

  • Neil

    And Bay hits another HR off Cubs’ pitching

  • Neil

    And the Mariners are one run down, three long home runs in two innings

  • GaryLeeT

    Shawn Camp. The best cure for the common lead.

  • Sonate

    Why bring in Camp? To put gasoline on the fire? (I guess that Marmol was not available.)

  • EqDoc

    Worst. Bullpen. Ever.

  • Neil

    Rondon did a good job of getting out of the eighth

  • Jeff D

    Could someone explain to me why Camp is still on this roster? He has no trade value … why keep running him out there?

  • Neil

    Cubs beat the Mariners 7-6 on Sunday afternoon – Edwin
    Jackson: 3R, 7H, 1BB, 6K in 6+ IP (104 pitches, 63 for strikes)

    Soriano: 2-5,
    2 2B, RBI, 2R; Rizzo: 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, R; Barney: 2-4, 2B, RBI, R;
    Bogusevic: 1-4, 2B, RBI

  • Rational Logic

    Here is a breakdown of the Cubs’ entire system:

    Overall: 152-134 (53.15% Winning Percentage)
    Minors: 118-89 (57% Winning Percentage)

    Of the six minor league affiliates (Iowa, Tenn,Daytona, Kane Co., Boise, AZL), 4 are in first, 1 in second, and 1 in 6th place.

    Overall, with the talent in the system really improving, I’m very impressed with our system!